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American baritone Robert Mellon was acclaimed by Opera News for having “excellent comic timing,” and a “domineering baritone, gleaming like polished copper.” During the 2022-2023 season Mr. Mellon will be making his house debuts at Tulsa Opera in L’Italiana in Algeri as Taddeo and Opera Tampa as Tonio in Pagliacci; he will then return to Pensacola Opera to reprise the role of Marcello in La bohème; Syracuse Opera as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro; and  to debut the role of Germont in La Traviata at Opera Las Vegas. Mr. Mellon will also be appearing as a soloist with Opera Edwardsville in their free community concert series.

During the 2021-2022 season Mr. Mellon debuted the roles of Marcello in La bohème and Gubetta in Lucrezia Borgia with Opera de Oviedo; and made his Pensacola Opera debut reprising the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Mellon will also debuted the role of Iago in a reimagined production of Verdi's Otello with InSeries Opera in Washington D.C.; he also reprised the role of Marullo in Verdi's Rigoletto with Opera Philadelphia; and he debuted as the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff with Union Avenue Opera.


In recent seasons, Mr. Mellon has performed the roles of Schaunard in La bohème with San Diego Opera; Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Opera Las Vegas; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Union Avenue Opera; Simone in Eine Florentinische Tragödie and Tonio in Pagliacci with Opera de Oviedo; and the title role in Gianni Schicchi and Simone in Eine Florentinische Tragödie with Livermore Valley Opera, about which the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Baritone Robert Mellon was both the musical star of the performance and its dramatic vertex…with a steely vocal edge that never interfered with the beauty and flexibility of his singing.” 


Other roles include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte, Escamillo in Carmen, Pizarro in Fidelio, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, and Macbeth in the U.S. premiere of Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth. Concert work includes the Mozart and Duruflé Requiems, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Christmas Oratorio, and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.



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